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During the 1973 English Bach Festival in London, Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod gave a recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Messiaen began by apologising for the way they were dressed. The taxi had gone off with all their luggage. He read the poetic preface to the piano work written three years earlier. Mme Messiaen then performed "La Fauvette des Jardins"
@ 7' 40"
Historic Recordings of Messiaen by Messiaen. Transfer from original 78rpm records recorded in 1949 of Visions de l'Amen with Yvonne Loriod and recording of OM playing his Quatre Etudes 1951. FMR Records FMRCD 120-L0403. Order via the Contact form.
Claude-Samuel Levine would like to share his playing of movements from the Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps:
using VSTi Synful Orchestra and VSTi Pianoteq, humanly played in Cubase.
Liturgie de Cristal
After a period of two years work, Claude-Samuel Lévine has produced a version of TurangalilaSymphonie
created entirely by computer software instruments and MIDI (except for 'live' Ondes Martenot played on
the Ondea). This is a detailed interpretation that in no way proposes to 'replace' real musicians, but can provide
an insight into Messiaen's microscopic detail in the work. Further commentaries can be found on
Claude-Samuel's web site as well as audio and visual clips. The CD and DVD are also available to purchase here.